Quarterly newsletter | PRé Sustainability | March 2021
Hello Marcus! In this newsletter edition, we’d like to share with you our latest news and resources: customer story of P&G on sustainable packaging design, acidification and how to measure it, imagining SimaPro in 10 years, and looking back at the impact assessment developments of 2020. We’re also searching for a Senior Consultant and Software Developer to join our team, and still have a few seats available for the online training ‘Product Environmental Footprint with SimaPro’ in April.
Last but not least, many projects launched recently, and PRé is proud to be a part of them: ORIENTING, ECOFACT, Align,
ECO Platform, LCA Helpdesk and more. Cooperation and working together is just what’s needed to tackle sustainability challenges!
FEATURED CUSTOMER STORY
Identifying the most sustainable packaging designs
Choosing the right packaging material and design is not an easy task. Procter & Gamble was looking to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging, so PRé created a user-friendly tool to help identify the most sustainable options.
Now P&G packaging designers can select the relevant materials and parameters for each packaging component on a simple visual interface. Then, the tool calculates LCA and MCI results with one click. It allows users to compare different packaging solutions and to understand which processes contribute the most.
In the 30 years of PRé’s existence, we have learned that to keep relevant, you have to keep innovating and exploring new territory. We have also learned to put our customers first and to involve them in the development of our software. In the end, you’re the ones using it successfully.
That’s why we gave our customers the floor to share ideas on what SimaPro will look like in ten years. The ideas were excellent, with a great feel for the important themes of this decade.
In this article, PRé’s Managing
Director Eric Mieras discusses these ideas and our relevant developments.
Despite the unusual year 2020 turned out to be, there have still been plenty of interesting developments in impact assessment methodologies.
This overview by Laura Golsteijn contains many gems thanks to the valuable contributions from Peter Fantke, Christopher Oberschelp, Anne-Marie Boulay, Rickard Arvidsson, Thomas Sonderegger, and Anders Bjørn.
ORIENTING is a new EU research project aiming to develop an operational methodology for product Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. The main purpose of ORIENTING is to integrate a life cycle approach that includes the analysis of environmental, social and economic impacts.
The project is composed of a consortium of 17 organizations based in 8 different countries around Europe.
The main roles of PRé are in the method development and the development of new software specifications.
ECOFACT is an ECO-innovative Energy FACTory Management Platform aiming for manufacturing sustainability.
This EU-funded project aims at enabling manufacturing industries to optimize the energy performance of their production systems in line with their relevant production constraints (time and resources), while introducing a novel green marketing approach through the concept of energy and environmental signature of the manufactured products from a life-cycle perspective.
PRé is one of the 20 consortium members from European countries.
Last week the Align project officially launched – Aligning accounting approaches for nature! Working with business and financial institutions, we will develop a standardized approach for biodiversity measurement and biodiversity-inclusive natural capital management accounting.
The project is funded by the European Commission and led by WCMC Europe, the Capitals Coalition, Arcadis, ICF and UNEP-WCMC.
Now the project is looking for businesses and financial institutions across the EU (and beyond) to actively contribute to the development of guidance and
recommendations on a standard for biodiversity measurement and biodiversity-inclusive natural capital management accounting.
ECO Platform is an international non-profit association established by European EPD Programme Operators as well as supporting members from European Trade Associations in the construction sector, Green Building organizations and LCA Practitioners. Its main objective is to promote and contribute to sustainable development, including a low-carbon economy and resource efficiency in the construction sector, by coordinating the development and provision of credible and scientifically correct data from products.
As a new member, PRé is happy to contribute by sharing our knowledge and experience to
streamline the collaboration along the entire chain of data, from conducting LCA to the use of verified EPD data in tools.
Thanks to The Life Cycle Initiative and European Commission, the new LCA Database Helpdesk is available to anyone willing to develop a national database.
Life cycle assessment data can guide decisions and policies on products and technologies to ensure that they are sustainable. With the role of LCA becoming prominent in policymaking, developing a country-specific LCA database can support policy decisions.
The Technical Helpdesk will hand-hold you through the database development process, and you will get access to training and expert advice.
LCM 2021, the 10th international conference on Life Cycle Management, announced a call for abstracts. Everyone who wants to extend and share their knowledge and practice in the field of Life Cycle Management is invited to submit abstracts by March 31, 2021.
LCM conference series is one of the world’s leading forums for environmental, economic and social sustainability. The next conference will take place on September 5-8, 2021 under the theme ‘Building a Sustainable Future Based on Innovation and Digitalization’.